Autumn highlights at Nostell

Discover seasonal delights for all the senses at Nostell this autumn with colourful walks, family fun and tasty treats in the cafe.

Visitors looking at apples in the orchard at Nostell

Nostell apple week

Celebrate the changing seasons with us, Monday 24 – Sunday 30 September. Learn the process of apple ID, pick up top tips from Mark the kitchen gardener and get stuck into to apple pressing, stories and crafts on our Apple Family Fun Day.

Children running through woods kicking up leaves

Give the gardeners a helping hand

Drop in 11am - 3pm on Saturday 13 October and Sunday 11 November to muck in with the gardeners and help clear some autumn leaves - you're sure to have a go at number 33 of your #50things.

Marshmallows cooking on a campfire

October half-term

Bring the kids and grandkids for autumn adventures including campfire cooking, wild play and Dovetail, Biscuit, Splat workshops. Join us for Hallowe'en family fun on Wednesday 31 October at Nocturnal Nostell with crafts, trail and storytelling.

Visitor weaving a willow wreath for Christmas

Join an artist workshop 

We've a fantastic range of workshops to craft your own Christmas presents or learn a new skill to create a masterpiece for yourself. From festive felting and wreath making to fabric decoration and wreath creating, you'll find plenty of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

Breakfast Room, Nostell, Wakefield

Interior Worlds 

Explore how Chippendale helped create bespoke interiors and objects for his ambitious client Rowland Winn in the opulent first floor State Rooms. Immerse yourself in a world of fashion, luxury, innovation and the rollercoaster life of a top-end designer. From 2 March to 3 November.

Artist Giles Round in his Obelisk Marbling company at Nostell, Wakefield.

Obelisk Marbling and The Director 

The spirit of Chippendale lives on! We are excited to announce that Obelisk Marbling workshop, the contemporary piece of art imagined by artist Giles Round is returning for a second year to Nostell. On weekends visitors will be able to see a paper marbling company at work and learn more about this endangered heritage craft.

Fungi growing at Nostell

Fungi foray

Can you tell the difference between honey fungus and pleated ink cap? Download our fungi ID sheet to give you a helping hand.

Nostell Lower Lake in autumn

ID that tree

Heading for a woodland walk? Download the spotter sheet and identify all the different species you see at Nostell, from sweet chestnuts to sycamores. Top tip: don’t miss the colourful canopies along the lakes.

Family walking in the pleasure grounds at Nostell, near Wakefield.
Walking trail

Menagerie Garden walk 

Crunch through conkers, acorns and pinecones to find the enchanting Menagerie Garden. Bring your camera to capture the beautiful views along the lakes.

Squirrel with a nut in its mouth
Walking trail

Obelisk Lodge walk 

Spot wildlife at every turn and take in colourful landscape views from Obelisk Lodge. The meadows you walk through have been freshly chomped by cattle as part of a conservation grazing scheme, which will mean blooming wildflowers next summer.

Conkers and acorns gathered in autumn

Bonkers for conkers

You don’t need to forage very far at Nostell to find autumn treasures beneath the trees. Download our map for the best spots to search for conkers, acorns and beech nuts.

Pumpkins grown in the Kitchen Garden at Nostell

Autumn harvest 

The Kitchen Garden is a riot of colour at this time of year, with squashes, pumpkins and apples in the orchard and veg patches. Don’t miss the last of the floral blooms too, with the central vista bursting with pink cosmos and scented lavender.

Squash hummus and beetroot wrap at Nostell

Taste the seasons 

Lots of the fruit and veg grown in the Kitchen Garden is used in the recipes you’ll find in the Courtyard Café. From parsnip and apple quiche to pumpkin soup, we’ve lots of seasonal favourites to tickle your taste buds.